circumstances all unite to make him temporarily oblivious of whatever may be hard and bitter in his life, and also to make him most amiably and ruddily disposed ; when the scene and company immediately before him are highly agreeable ; and if at such a time he chance involuntarily to put himself into a scenically favourable bodily posture ; then, in that posture, however transient, thou shalt catch the noble stature of his Better Angel ; catch a heavenly glimpse of the latent heavenliness of man. It was so with Mr. Falsgrave now. Not a house within a circuit of fifty miles that he preferred entering before the mansion-house of Saddle Meadows ; and though the business upon which he had that morning come, was anything but relishable to him, yet that subject was not in his memory then. Before him stood united in one person, the most exalted lady and the most storied beauty of all the country round ; and the finest, most intellectual, and most congenial youth he knew. Before him also, stood the generous foundress and the untiring patroness of the beautiful little marble church, consecrated by the good Bishop, not four years gone by. Before him also, stood—though in polite disguise—the same untiring benefactress, from whose purse, he could not help suspecting, came a great part of his salary, nominally sup- plied by the rental of the pews. He had been invited to breakfast ; a meal, which, in a well-appointed country family, is the most cheerful circumstance of daily life ; he smelt all Java's spices in the aroma from the silver coffee-urn ; and well he knew, what liquid deliciousness would soon come from it. Besides all this, and many more minutenesses of the kind, he was conscious that Mrs. Glendinning entertained a particular partiality for him (though not enough to marry him, as he ten times knew by very bitter experience), and that Pierre was not behindhand in his esteem.